Derrick Henry and Top 10 Recruits Visiting Auburn vs. Alabama Iron Bowl Showdown
5-star running back Derrick Henry broke the national career rushing yards record last weekend. This weekend, he'll be in attendance in Tuscaloosa to watch the Alabama Crimson Tide take on the Auburn Tigers in the Iron Bowl.
Henry has quickly become one of the biggest names in college football recruiting, and this was before he set the national record. He projects to be an elite running back at the college level, and of course, he's committed to play football for Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide.
He's a very notable recruit that will be at this game, but he won't be the only one. This is one of the biggest rivalries in college football, so many big recruiting names will be on hand to check out the game.
Here's a list of the top 10 recruits that will be at this year's Iron Bowl.
Visit information via Andrew Bone of TideSports.com
10. E.J. Moss, 4-Star QB, Ashville High School (AL) *2014
E.J. Moss is only a junior, but he's already ranked as a 4-star quarterback by 247Sports, and they have Alabama, Auburn, Mississippi State and Tennessee in his early top four.
What makes Moss so intriguing is the fact that he's already 6'3'', 210 pounds as just a Junior, so he obviously already has the size that you're looking for in an SEC quarterback, and he's listed as a dual-threat quarterback, which means he's got some athleticism.
Alabama would love to get a commit from an athlete like Moss, and the fact that he can play quarterback is just a plus. Making a good impression with him here in the early goings of his recruitment is going to be very important for the Crimson Tide.
9. Parker McLeod, 3-Star QB, Walton Senior High School (GA)
Parker McLeod is another quarterback recruit that will be at this game, but the difference here is that he's a 2013 recruit, and he's already committed to the Crimson Tide.
McLeod is just a 3-star quarterback, but that doesn't make him any less important to Alabama. He's one of two quarterbacks committed for 2013 so far, the other being 4-star Cooper Bateman, and who knows how things will shake up when those two are actually ready to see the field.
The important thing is that McLeod is committed, and he'll be at this game.
8. Racean Thomas, 4-Star RB, Oxford High School (AL) *2014
Racean Thomas is a member of the 2014 recruiting class, but he's already ranked as one of the better junior players in the country.
Thomas is ranked as the No. 3 overall 2014 running back in the country, according to the 247Sports composite rankings, so he's obviously a very talented football player.
Alabama is considered to be his favorite by 247Sports, and him being at this game should only solidify that fact.
It's worth noting that he also does have an offer from Auburn.
7. Tre Williams, 4-Star OLB, Saint Pauls Episcopal School (AL) *2014
Tre Williams is another very talented 2014 recruit that will be in attendance for this game.
He checks in at 6'2'', 217 pounds right now, and he's only a junior, so he should grow a little bit more, and he's considered the No. 3 inside linebacker recruit in the class of 2014 by the 247Sports composite rankings.
Williams is not committed, but he has Auburn and Alabama on top of his 247Sports interest list, so one could only imagine how important this game will be when it comes to making a decision between the two schools.
6. Tyren Jones, 4-Star RB, Walton Senior High School (GA)
Tyren Jones is a current Alabama commit, but Rivals.com considers him to be a "soft verbal," so he's a recruit Alabama is going to want to keep an eye on.
Jones is a talented back, and he's from Georgia, so he's an important commitment for the Tide, but with their depth chart being so solid at his position, and Derrick Henry being on the 2013 class, it makes sense why he's not solid with Alabama.
The fact that he's at this game should be encouraging for Alabama, but he does also have an offer from Auburn, so this could be a very interesting visit for the 4-star running back.
5. Bradley Bozeman, 4-Star OT, Handley High School (AL)
Bozeman is a guard, and he's got the size and speed for it (5.75 40 via 247Sports), so he projects to be very good at the next level.
He's been committed to Alabama since June, so the fact that he'll be at this game is just a bit more enforcement for the Crimson Tide in regards to his commitment.
Alabama is known for fielding some great offensive lines, and Bozeman looks like he can be a big part of the next wave of big men up front for Alabama.
4. DeMarcus Walker, 4-Star DE, Sandalwood High School (FL)
Demarcus Walker is a very important 2013 recruit for the Crimson Tide, and he'll be one of the elite recruits at this game.
Walker is 6'3'', 265 pounds, according to 247Sports, and he runs a 4.6 40, so he should be able to be an effective pass-rusher in the SEC, but he'll also be able to play strong against the run.
Walker is an important recruit for Alabama to keep committed for 2013, so it's great that he's going to be at the Iron Bowl.
3. Bo Scarbrough, 5-Star RB, Northridge High School (AL) *2014
Bo Scarbrough is just a junior, but he's already one of the more recognizable names in college football recruiting.
Simply put, Scarbrough has the potential to be a superstar in college football, and thankfully for Alabama, he's been committed to them since September.
Scarbrough is the No. 1 ranked 2014 athlete recruit, according to the 247Sports composite rankings, and he checks in at 6'2'', 218 pounds as just a junior.
Scarbrough can be an awesome college football player, and he's going to be in attendance for this awesome rivalry game.
2. O.J. Howard, 5-Star TE, Autauga Academy (AL)
5-star tight end O.J. Howard has superstar potential, and if you even remotely follow Alabama recruiting, you should already know all about him.
He's 6'5.5'', 221 pounds, according to 247Sports, and he runs a phenomenal 4.42 40-yard dash.
He has the size to overpower corners and safeties in the second level, and he has the speed to be vertical threat between the seams, or even down the sidelines.
Howard projects to be one of the best players in the country, let alone one of the best players at Alabama.
1. Derrick Henry, 5-Star RB, Yulee High School (FL)
Derrick Henry has the tools to be the next great back to come out of Alabama, and he's going to be in attendance for the Iron Bowl.
Henry is listed at 6'3'', 240 pounds, according to 247Sports, so he has the size to play outside linebacker, but they have him running a 4.54 40-yard dash, so he has the speed of an elite running back as well.
His combination of size and speed will make him a perfect fit for Alabama running against SEC defenses, and his athleticism and size will allow him to break plays and run for big yardage.
Henry could be a starter next year at many colleges across the nation, but he'll have to wait his turn on Alabama's depth charts like all the greats before him. That doesn't make him any less important, though, because he has the potential to be one of the best once he does see the field.